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The Reds were hoping to leave our nationals capital with a series split with the Washington Nationals. They didn’t come close to that. The Reds were crushed 12-1 on Sunday. Stephen Strasburg no-hit the Reds through 6.2 innings, but was mercifully pulled because he was at 109 pitches coming off the DL. Ramon Cabrera saved the Reds […]

[This post was written by John Ring, who is the Nation’s correspondent from Afghanistan, where he is serving the entire nation.] When the Cincinnati Reds hired Bryan Price to become the 61st manager in the history of one of baseball’s greatest franchises, I was just returning from a three-day site visit to a remote place […]

Lots of interesting new Reds-related reading material today. C. Trent Rosecrans started the morning off with a long article on Bryan Price. It’s based on an interview with San Diego Padre manager Bud Black, who is a former pitcher/pitching coach. There are also a few quotes from Mat Latos, who likes the idea of Price as […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL — 10 innings St. Louis 11 Cincinnati 4 W: T. Rosenthal (1-0) L: J. Hoover (0-5) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Bronson Arroyo was pretty shaky at times (and he took a batted ball off the knee), but he ended up with a decent line: six innings, two runs allowed on […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Florida 4 Cincinnati 5 WP: Leake (8-4) LP: West (0-2) S: Cordero (31) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Mike Leake was not great tonight, but he kept the Reds in the game, earning the ever-dubious “quality start.” Six innings, 3 runs, 6 hits, 6 strikeouts, 3 walks. If nothing else, Leake […]

I wrote about Tony Perez’s May 14, 1972, star birthday doubleheader the other day, when the Reds swept the Cardinals while playing in Cincinnati.

Believe it or not, the Reds swept another doubleheader on their next field appearance, May 16, 1972, this time victimizing the San Francisco Giants. The wins were by the very same scores as their double header sweep against St. Louis, 4-3 and 2-0. This time, following a travel day, the games were played in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. The first game featured one of my all-time favorite Reds’ memories. I remember hearing this play on the radio while I was 12 years old and this game solidified my feelings that Pete Rose would be my all-time favorite player. The play also helped jumpstart the Reds 1972 championship run.

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May 29, 1971: Geroge Foster is traded by the San Francisco Giants to the Cincinnati Reds for Frank Duffy and Vern Geishert.

June 12, 1973: Fred Norman is traded by the San Diego Padres to the Cincinnati Reds for Mike Johnson, Gene Locklear and cash.

The Reds were heavily favored to win the National League again in 1971. The only player they had lost from 1970 was ace starting pitcher Jim Maloney who did not win a game for them in 1970 anyway after damaging an Achilles tendon running the bases during a game. In retrospect, that torn Achilles may have been a precursor to the winter and Bobby Tolan’s injury. Tolan tore his Achilles tendon in a Reds’ basketball barnstorming tour in the offseason.

At first it was thought that Tolan would return at mid-season, so Reds manager Sparky Anderson began testing his existing roster trying to find centerfielders. Continue reading

The last few days of May have marked the anniversaries of three major Cincinnati Reds trades: the acquisition of Hall of Famer Jake Beckley, and two players that were major contributors to two Cincinnati Reds World Series titles, Heinie Groh and George Foster.

Most of you know of George Foster, the only Major Leaguer to hit more than 50 home runs in a season during the decade of the 1970’s. Continue reading